The scouting report on tight end Tony Curtis when he signed with the Eagles was that he's a very good blocker, but not experienced as a receiver. With just 11 catches in his first three NFL seasons, all with Dallas, there's evidence to justify that scouting report.
Well, if his blocking is half as good as his receiving ability was on Thursday night in the preseason finale against the Jets then you'd better look out. Curtis caught four passes for 40 yards and was on the receiving end of a 12-yard touchdown pass in the middle of the end zone from Kevin Kolb.
"We had the same play in practice and I missed the ball," Curtis said. "We made corrections and he told me to keep it straight and he'd throw it to the back shoulder. The same thing happened again in the game and it worked out."
It's been four weeks since Curtis suffered a high ankle sprain that kept him from playing when he first signed with the team on Aug. 25. He was released by the Cowboys in the off-season, signed with the Chiefs, but was let go again to make room for Amani Toomer. In his only preseason action, Curtis had to treat it just a little more different as he attempted to seal his place on the 53-man roster.
"It was a little more personal than anything," Curtis said. "I was wondering how my conditioning would be, the timing and the speed of the game and it turned out to be pretty good."
Curtis even got to show off his blocking talent. On a Kevin Kolb scramble to the right sideline, Curtis held his block nicely and Kolb was able to gain 5 yards in the first quarter.
Even with just a couple of weeks to get acclimated to his new surroundings before the start of the season, Curtis said he knows 80 percent of the offense and is willing to do whatever the team asks of him.
"I didn't have a lot of catches. I didn't have a lot of throws (my way in Dallas)," Curtis said. "I try to catch everything that's thrown to me. Whatever they need me to do, I'm going to fill that role."
So far, so good.
-- Posted by Chris McPherson, 11:01 a.m., September 4